Category Archives: Holiday

Happy US Independence Day 2017

Happy US Independence Day 2017

July 4, 1776 was the historic day when the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. Every year, Americans rejoice and celebrate Independence Day with great fanfare. Amidst colorful parades, flag hoisting ceremonies, and barbecue parties, Americans remember the suffering their forefathers endured to win them precious freedom. “Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence 241 years… Continue Reading

Merry Christmas 2016!

Merry Christmas 2016!

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and The Government shall be upon His Shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty GOD, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His Government and peace there shall be no end, upon the Throne… Continue Reading

Christmas Carols: Silent Night

Christmas Carols: Silent Night

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night” ~Luke 2:8 Unlike most Christmas carols, the origins of Silent Night are rooted in well-established facts AND steeped in dramatized legend. The Facts: Father Joseph Mohr (1792-1848), a young priest in the parish church at Oberndorf (a village on the… Continue Reading

Christmas Menu for 1660

Christmas Menu for 1660

The earliest published Christmas menu dates from 1660, the year of Charles II’s restoration to the throne. The Accomplisht Cook was written by Robert May, an English chef who trained in France and cooked for nobility throughout his life. This remarkable document includes a section titled “A bill of fare for Christmas Day and how to set… Continue Reading

Christmas Carols: O Holy Night

Christmas Carols: O Holy Night

According to history, in Roquemaure, a small town in southern France, at the end of the year 1843, the parish church organ had been renovated. To celebrate the event, the priest asked town wine merchant and poet Placide Cappeau to write a Christmas poem, even though the latter never showed an interest in religion. Cappeau obliged, titling… Continue Reading

Christmas Blogs, Recipes, & More!

Christmas Blogs, Recipes, & More!

Over the years I’ve written a wealth of blogs for the Christmas season. Rather than re-post any of them, I’m providing links so you can pick which ones are of interest. Here goes!   Christmas History~~ Dunder and Blixem? : Delving into the origins of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Deck the Halls With Boughs… Continue Reading

Christmas Carols: What Child is This?

Christmas Carols: What Child is This?

What Child is This? was written by William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898), the manager of an insurance company in Glasgow. In 1865, when only 29 years of age, Dix was struck with a near fatal illness and consequently suffered months confined to his bed.  During this time, he read the Bible comprehensively and underwent a spiritual renewal that… Continue Reading

Christmas Carols: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Christmas Carols: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Author: Charles Wesley (1707-1788), younger brother of John Wesley. Charles was a hymn writer and a poet, also known as one of the people who began the Methodist movement in the Church of England. Hark the Herald Angels Sing was composed specifically as a “hymn for Christmas day” and appeared in 1739 in a book called… Continue Reading

Guy Fawkes Day: A History of the person & event

Guy Fawkes Day: A History of the person & event

November 5th is “Bonfire Night” in the UK, the day when Britons everywhere set fire to massive piles of flammables, light fireworks, and host parades. Straw dummies representing Fawkes, as well as those of contemporary political figures, are tossed into the bonfire. Why, you may ask? Well, here is a bit of history– The beginnings ~ Guy… Continue Reading

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY 2016!

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY 2016!

  American Independence Facts In May, 1776, after nearly a year of trying to resolve their differences with England, the colonies sent delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Finally, in June, admitting that their efforts were hopeless, a committee was formed to compose the formal Declaration of Independence. Headed by Thomas Jefferson, the… Continue Reading

The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence

The final and full text of the Declaration of Independence was adopted in Congress on July 4, 1776. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, the intention of the Declaration was not to say something new, but– to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command… Continue Reading

Celebrate Independence Day with Savory Delights

Celebrate Independence Day with Savory Delights

Red, White, and Blue Pasta Salad Ingredients: 16 oz rotini pasta Red and blue food coloring 16 oz mozzarella cheese, cubed 6 oz pepperoni slices, quartered 7.5 oz marinated artichoke hearts, chopped 3.5 oz sliced olives 15.5 oz garbonzo beans, rinsed and drained 1 medium red onion, diced 1 red bell pepper, diced Cheese & Garlic… Continue Reading